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Women of Impact’s 2015 Fearless Female: Sabrina Lin

Roxanne EdwardsGuest blog and interview written by Roxanne Edwards

At the Women of Impact Conference this year on March 19th, our focus is to empower attendees to Be Fearless – by taking risks, overcoming obstacles and blazing new trails in their personal and professional lives. The Conference focus is to connect, develop and inspire the women in technology at Cisco.

Meet Sabrina Lin, Vice President Commercial Sales, from the Greater China region who is another one of our featured Fearless Females for the Women of Impact conference.

Sabrina Lin was born in Hong Kong and was raised in a very traditional family. At a young age, her female cousin, an MIT graduate, who took over the family textile business when her father became ill, inspired Sabrina. Without a male heir, she stepped in, implemented many changes to save the company money, and the business has prospered. It’s key to note that in a traditional Asian family, females are often not considered eligible to hold high positions with the business.

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Women of Impact’s 2015 Fearless Female: Madhuri M.S.

Guest blog and interview written by Christine MorgnerChristine Morgner

At the Women of Impact Conference this year on March 19th, our focus is to empower attendees to Be Fearless – by taking risks, overcoming obstacles and blazing new trails in their personal and professional lives. The Conference focus is to connect, develop and inspire the women in technology at Cisco. Every week leading to our conference, we are planning to highlight a couple of our Fearless Females that embody our Be Fearless theme in their professional and personal lives.

Madhuri is a loyal and proud member of the Cisco IT team, based in Bangalore, India.  For the last four and a half years, Madhuri has positively impacted Cisco’s IT organization by providing exceptional service contract support to our top customers.  Even though it’s clear her role at Cisco is a result of her fearless actions and perseverance, Madhuri says she feels “lucky” to have her job.

Madhuri M.S.

Madhuri is originally from a small village in rural India.  She credits her Mom for the inspiration to chase her dreams.  Madhuri’s Mom worked outside the home during her childhood, which was not the norm in her culture.  She encouraged Madhuri to do the same, but not before getting an education first. Despite many struggles including leaving the only life she knew for the daunting life in a big city, Madhuri successfully graduated from the Institute of Technology in Bangalore and was recruited for a job at Cisco.  During the start of Madhuri’s career at Cisco, her biggest challenge was learning the English language.  She was so close to quitting at one point, but her Mom urged her to fight and she did.

Madhuri said she experienced a huge triumph when she proved to her family, her manager, and most importantly to herself that she could overcome anything.  Madhuri also acknowledges her current manager for his outstanding support and motivation.

In her free time, Madhuri enjoys mentoring young women in their pursuit of an education and a career. Madhuri also likes traveling, hiking, and helping others to see the limitless possibilities the world can offer.  She is a true product of the opportunities any person can experience with the right amount of determination and fearlessness.

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What empowers you to Be Fearless? #CiscoChat

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It’s inevitable that at some point in our lives, whether it’s personally or professionally, we all have and will experience fear. It’s a part of life we can’t avoid; however, how we face these fears without being crippled by them and how we triumph forward is what counts.

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9-10:00am PST, we will be hosting a #CiscoChat on behalf of the Women of Impact team to discuss what empowers women to Be Fearless. Joining the TweetChat will be Catalina Kowal from Cisco’s Empowered Women’s Network, Cindy Cooley from Cisco’s Men for Inclusion, and Barbara Koch from the Passion Project. Join us to discuss how being fearless isn’t really about eliminating fear from our everyday lives completely, but more about finding ways to make our fears not hinder us from being adventurous, from taking risks, from getting up after we fall down, or from being our own advocates. This is an important conversation to explore Read More »

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Women of Impact’s 2015 Fearless Female: Monique Morrow

Roxanne Edwards

Guest Blog by Roxanne Edwards

 At the Women of Impact Conference this year on March 19th, our focus is to empower attendees to Be Fearless – by taking risks, overcoming obstacles and blazing new trails in their personal and professional lives. The Conference focus is to connect, develop and inspire the women in technology at Cisco.

Meet Monique Morrow CTO, Cisco Services now First CTO-Evangelist-New Frontiers for Development-Engineering and one of our Fearless Females being featured for the Women of Impact conference on March 19th.

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Who is Monique Morrow?  Besides being the first CTO for Cisco Services and being named the first Distinguished Read More »

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Be Fearless – Women of Impact Conference 2015

Guest Blog collaboratively written by Leena Maasarani, Barbara Koch, Gina Cascio and Rehana Rehman.

What comes to mind when you think of Being Fearless? Perhaps you envision a person with strength, with courage maybe a risk taker or someone with strong convictions? The list is endless and that image is strikingly clear, however do we really know how to invest in ourselves to Be Fearless?

There have been many people like Emma Watson, Sheryl Sandberg and our very own Padmasree Warrior who have charged forward to champion the rights of women personally and in the workplace, cultivating young girls’ interest in STEM or simply encouraging the pursuit of a career in technology.  Not only do they embody the idea of being fearless, but also they have trail blazed for other women so that we can all collectively stand out. Padmasree has previously shared in a Huff Post article,

“NMSI reports that men over age 25 held 87 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering fields. Only 23 percent of workers in STEM-related jobs are women, yet women make up 48 percent of workers in all occupations. The higher you go on the corporate ladder, the lower these numbers become. According to a report by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), women held just 9 percent of IT management positions and accounted for only 14 percent of senior management positions at Silicon Valley startups.”

With this astounding statistic, we need to come together and invest in that change by Being Fearless. At Cisco, there are countless programs, groups and collaboration across different teams to help bring forth this kind of change and we want to introduce you to an event that plans to do exactly that.

We are incredibly fortunate to be part of a team of dedicated and driven women collaborating towards leading a full day conference devoted to the development and advancement of professional women. The Women of Impact Conference is the consolidation of two of Cisco’s premier women’s events: International Women’s Day and the Women in Tech Forum.  The conference attendees will come away with useful knowledge for their career development and advancement and an expanded network of professional allies.  This is a Cisco event with invited participation from partners and customers. Attendees will be women at Cisco, their male supporters and allies as well as partners and customers.

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The pace of change and innovation is accelerating faster than ever before; creating a new approach to the way we work, live, play and learn. Our focus this year is to empower attendees to Be Fearless – by taking risks, overcoming obstacles and blazing new trails in their personal and professional lives. The Conference focus is to connect, develop and inspire the women in technology at Cisco.

  • Connect: Expand your network of professional allies and mentors across functions and ecosystems
  • Develop: Come away with useful knowledge for career development and personal growth
  • Inspire: Interact and hear from role models who personify what it takes to Be Fearless

With that focus in mind, we will provide diverse panel discussions with thought leaders, practical workshops led by industry experts, structured networking sessions with peers and management and insightful key notes from Cisco executive leaders.

Epitomizing the “Be Fearless” theme is this year’s WoI Passion Project, Dress A Girl Around the World, an extraordinary organization dedicated to helping girls living in poverty and at risk for human trafficking to discover their self-worth, beauty and dignity.  Cisco employees, partners and family members are coming together to connect, and show how much they care by creating one of a kind dresses that are as unique as each little girl.

Women of Impact is brought to you by:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Office of Inclusion & Collaboration (I&C)
  • Gold Sponsors: Cisco Empowered Women’s Network (CEWN), Services Platforms Group (SPG)
  • Silver Sponsors:  Global Strategic Partner Organization (GSPO) and Chief Technology and Strategy Office (CTSO)
  • Partners: Connected Women, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Men for Inclusion (MFI), Community Relations

Our busy lives will always be there, however it’s important to keep in mind that we need to connect, develop and inspire and to continue to invest in our futures and ourselves by being part of the change in the ratio of women in the workplace.

We would love for you to join us this year, on March 19th, where our theme is Be Fearless. Stay tuned for our featured Fearless Females blog stories in the upcoming weeks leading up to our conference.

Share with us with your stories and pictures how you can Be Fearless on Twitter @Cisco_WOI and the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network Facebook page! Don’t forget to use the #WOI2015!

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